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3 more murders

Two men were shot dead in a double murder last night off Carmichael Road, and another was stabbed to death in the Grove a short time later, police confirmed.

The shootings took place at Montgomery Avenue, off Carmichael Road.

Police told The Nassau Guardian late last night that information was still sketchy.

They said the two men were shot shortly after 9 p.m.  The motive for the shootings was unclear and no one was in custody as police continued to process the scene around 11 p.m.

“We’re still trying to unravel what happened,” Superintendent Stephen Dean said.

He said there was nothing to suggest that the double murder was connected to the stabbing incident at Fifth Street and Poinciana Avenue in Coconut Grove.

When The Nassau Guardian arrived on the scene of the Grove incident last night, the victim’s body was still in the street as police tried to piece together details of what led to the slaying.

Police said it appeared the stabbing was a domestic incident.

At both murder scenes, crowds – including relatives of the victims – gathered to watch as authorities processed the scene and prepared to remove the bodies.

These latest three murders bring the count for 2011 to 72, already far outpacing the count for this time last year, which ended with 94 murders.

There are growing concerns that if this trend continues The Bahamas would record a murder record that would far exceed the 2010 count, which is the highest on record.

Just yesterday, The Nassau Guardian reported that murders were up 40 percent over last year.

Of the murders committed so far this year, guns have been identified as the weapon of choice in just over 70 percent of the killings, according to authorities.

National Security Minister Tommy recently said the police department is determined to rid the country of illegal weapons.  Turnquest said a major contributing factor to the surge of gun-related crimes has been the trafficking of narcotics, coupled with the availability of firearms.


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